HallBerg Rassy 49 Best Practical Sailor

History of HallBerg Rassy 49

 In 1943, Harry Hallberg Rassy opened a boat-building yard at Kungsviken on the Islands of Orust in Sweden. He erected wood folk boats. Harry’s real success came with the switch to fiberglass. In 1963, he designed and introduced the P-28, their first series product GRP boat. The P-28 came to success in Sweden, and by 1965, he demanded to expand to larger yards. Therefore, Hallberg moved to Ellös, a megacity ten kilometers to the southwest on the same islet of Orust. While Harry ended the original yard to a youthful German named, Christopher Rassy. Christoph began erecting one-offs, the first being the Rasmus 35 designed by Olle Enderlein. This 35-footer was larger than the maximum designs and had a dodger and a center cockpit. 

While most of the early 49’s were ketches, the after bones were nearly simply sloops. During this period Magnus Rassy, Christoph’s son, came involved in the company. In 1983, he erected an experimental 26-bottom boat named  “Rassker” which had an external supereminent ship and swim platform. In 1988, German Frers came the main developer. Although, Frers is famous for Hylas and Nautor Swan among other builders. They brought in a new period of Hallberg Rassy that continues to the moment. Simply, the 49 came another successful model designed and erected for Disney world cruising with rugged good aesthetics. Therefore, they produced 89 shells according to the SailBoat website until 1997. 

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First Impression of HallBerg Rassy

Likely, The Hallberg-Rassy 49 has an angular look. As much as the Tayana 47/48 has a roundish air. The HR 49 has the contrary a jarring sharp style. Even though, her sharp proud arc rises aggressively forward. Amidships, her hard dodger has rough edges and an ostentatious angularity. The trail after most suddenly turns inward above a bravely chined transom. The overall sharpness gives her a rugged cruiser look and durability. Besides, the other characteristic the 49 defines is minimalism. Her flush sundeck forward invites you to climb aboard and go sailing. The arc and stern balconies hardly wrap along the sheer. Finally, she leaves off the unwanted dressings of culture and cuts to the bare rudiments. 

Construction of HallBerg Rassy

Although, SailBoat is a world celebrity as a quality yard. Therefore, the 49 is a proven illustration of this global capability. Her housing is a solid hand-laminated glass of interspersing woven ranging and strand mat in Isophthalic polyester resin. Usually, under the standard Bangkok take balconies, the fiberglass is cored with a polyvinyl cellular plastic material which adds strength and sequestration. However, the joint is a bulwark style fastened together from over through a teak cap rail and marked below. Tankage is marked integrally with the fiberglass housing which has pluses and incommodities. While integral tankage is efficiently and securely placed, blistering can produce serious problems. A gridwork of bottoms and stringers hardens and externalizes the impressively strong construction ways of these fine Nauticat 33 yachts. Usually, the skeg-hung rudder has a pristine sword rudders shaft and citation fittings. 

On Deck 

Mariners feel to have strong opinions of flush balconies. Even though, I like their look and freedom of them. The 49’s flush foredeck opens her up for ease of movement. Finally, the minimalism starts with a short, low bow riser forward. She has a passage locker with a single portside door. Whereas, five doors and three dorados sprinkle the foredeck with obstacles. The absence of a cabin trunk removes the association while freeing up movement. The veils feel aimlessly placed along what would be the side sundeck. The sundeck stepped mast is in the same position as the rest of the tackle. Slanted genoa tracks run toward the cockpit. 

Down Below 

At the same time, when I saw her flush sundeck, I anticipated kindly low headroom. Usually, I was pleasantly surprised with the great headroom in the taproom, indeed lesser forward, and only slightly less posterior. The below-average freeboard and sprucely adding sheer forward raised up flush sundeck to a welcome height. Even, Christoph Rassy and Olle Enderlein knew what they were doing. The sole is teak and holly while the joiner work is veritably light African mahogany. Outflow is white vinyl with a mahogany trim star. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 46.3 means that the Hallberg-Rassy 49 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves. Therefore, there isn’t a moldered liner sapience on this quality erected Swedish design. 


Usually, the layouts vary with three choices. I previewed a 49 with the standard layout which has the navigation station portside and galley starboard side of the companionway. A “Caribia” (I’ve no idea what this means or what language it is, however, please fill me in If anybody knows) layout has an enlarged galley shifted with the portside lounge. Eventually, a duty layout has a centerline queen posterior and the captain’s situation with the galley moved to the port side forward of the navigation station. As far as, all layouts have a V- situation, guest stateroom, and guest head forward. The master stateroom posterior has a separate head and showers whether the situation is a split binary or centerline queen. 


As compared to analogous yachts, the HR 49 is enough heavy relegation sport fisherman at nearly,000 pounds. A Hylas 49 is rated at only,700 pounds. While to help a Hylas 49 comes standard with a 75 HP Yanmar, the HR 49’s has 143 HP Volvo Pentas. Even though, the main access is from the portside walkthrough which has lower headroom from the cockpit sole. Hallberg- Rassy touts their construction ways in particular that all their outfit comes through the companionway door. “All outfits like tanks, machines, and joinery will come down through the companion door. Everything that goes down in the boat can go out without having to take the boat piecemeal”. Re-powering should be fairly easy. However, a superb boat for long-distance cruising, with lots of stowage space and long-range capability. 

A True BlueWater Classic

 This is a true blue watersport classic, erected from 1982- 1997 with 89 shells completed. It’s a superb boat for worldwide cruising, with ample space for all possible outfits. Her clean flush sundeck is largely appreciated. In the morning, she was only erected as a ketch. In the end, nearly only sloop equipment was ordered. 

Top Bluewater Cruising Sailboats – HallBerg Rassy 49

Specifications of HallBerg Rassy 49

HallBerg Rassy 49 Date Sheet

  • Designers: Olle Enderlein / Christoph
  • RassyHull length: 14.96 m / 49′ 1″
  • Waterline at rest: 12.50 m / 41′ 0″
  • Beam: 4.42 m / 14′ 6″
  • Draft, empty standard boat: 2.20 m / 7′ 3″ *
  • Displacement, empty standard boat: 18 000 kg / 39 683 lbs
  • Keel weight: 8.1 t / 17 900 lbs
  • Keel-type lead encapsulated in deep bilge pocket* = Also available as a shallow draft version 
  • Sail area with jib: 116 m² / 1249 sq ft
  • Air draft, ex Windex, Ketch: 19.45 m / 63 ft 10 inch
  • Air draft, ex Windex, Sloop: 21.45 m
  • Engine: Volvo Penta TMD 41, TMD 40, MD 40
  • Power at crankshaft for TMD 41105 / 143
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Diesel tank: 765 liters / 202 US gallon
  • Freshwater tanks: 1400 liters / 370 US gallon
  • Transport height with windscreen: 4.38 m / 14′ 4″
  • Transport height without windscreen: 4.11 m / 13′ 6″

This SailBoat 49 offers all the comfort for a family on a world cruise even in the roughest conditions.

She is kept in pristine condition by her third owner not in the least by putting her in a shelter every winter but also for her big refit 2000-2005, new teak deck 2002, new sails 2005, etc. A perfect yacht for a good price. 

General – HallBerg Rassy 49

Generally, GRP Sailing Yacht SailBoat 49 “Zeewind”, built 1990 with building number 78, dim.: 14.96 (lwl 12.50) x 4.42 x 2.20 m, headway approx. 21 m, built by SailBoat Varv. AB, designed by Olle Enderlein & Christoph Rassy, GRP white hull with blue Rassy striping, teak deck, and GRP superstructure, hardened and perplexed windows in aluminum framing, S-spent with long keel, displacement approx. 18 tons, ballast approx. 8.1 lead keel, fuel capacity approx. 1 x 425 ltr. and 1 x 340 ltr. a total of 765 ltr. in stainless steel tanks, water capacity 1 x 1400 ltr. in a GRP tank, 2 stainless steel sump tanks, mechanical wheels steering emergency tiller.


Classic mahogany interior, 3 cabins, and saloon, 7 fixed berths en 2 extra in the saloon, headway approx. 1,90 m, 2 x electric toilets, 2 x showers, 2 x Webasto diesel heating, electric water pressure system, boiler on the motor/220 V, Alpes 4-burner stove with oven (3 x gas and 1 x electric burners), gas detector, 24 V refrigerator, 24 V deep freezer, Electrolux 1200 W 220 V microwave, Kenny Kompakt washing machine, 6 persons crockery.


Volvo Penta TMD41 diesel engine, 143 hp (105 kW) with building number 2204135606, installed 1990, indirect cooling system, mechanical gearbox, stainless steel propeller shaft, 3-bladed Gori folding propeller, 1 x manual and 2 x electric bilge pump, 12/24/220 V electric circuit, Sonnenschein (gel) batteries 6 x 135 Ah. (2003) and Mastervolt (gel) battery 1 x 135 Ah. (1998), shore power with earth switch, Victron battery charger, Victron 24 Multi 2500 W inverter, Westerbeke generator 8 kW, Vetus 2 x 3 kW electric bow thrusters.

HallBerg Rassy Navigation

C. Plath compass on a pedestal and B+G electric Super Halcyon compass, B+G echosounder, log, and mindset, 2 x Skanti/DSC with Atis VHF (2002) + 2 x Hagenuk VHF (both out of order due to certification), Raytheon 40X radar, B+G Hydra 2 autopilot, Furuno GPS GP32, Raytheon Raychart 630 color plotter (2000), Nasa navtex, radio/cd/cassette/DVD player (2000), Sharp TFT flatscreen television/video and tuner (2000), decoder and satellite (2003), Aqua Signal automatic foghorn.

HallBerg Rassy Equipments

2 x sprayhood (1 x 2005), cockpit cover, davits, several lifejackets, 2 x life buoy, 1 x electric windlass, anchors: 1 x CQR 75 lbs with 60 meters 11 mm stainless steel chain, 1 x CQR 35 lbs, 1 Bruce 35 lbs and 1 x anchor 75 lbs, 1 x stainless steel bathing ladder, 2 x stainless steel boarding ladder (1 x side of the boat and 1 x front of the boat), warm/cold deck shower, salt outside deck wash installation, wipers, fenders, and several lines, spare parts, clock, barometer, radar-reflector, cockpit table, fire extinguishers.


Cutter-rigged, Selden electric aluminum in-mast furling (2002), new cutter rigging (2005), Furlex furling genoa and cutter system (2005), sails: North D-cut Spectra Norlam Gatorback story mainsail (2000), North genoa 140% D-cut Spectra Norlam Gatorback genoa I (2000), Hood Vectran 7.7 ounce cutter sail (2003), spinnaker/half winder (2005) inclusive recon, Selden stay reefing system, Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster, Selden boom vang, winches: 2 x Lewmar 66 electric sheet winches (2000), 2 x Lewmar 43 manual and 2 x Lewmar 8 manual halyard winches, 1 x Lewmar 50 electric (2000) and 1 x 52 manual spinnaker winches, 2 x aluminum, and 1 x carbon (2005) spi boom.

1984 49′ HallBerg Rassy

Powerful Offshore Cruising Ketch of Amazing Pedigree which is fully outfitted, and constantly upgraded and maintained. Although, she is in great condition and ready to go anywhere right now. 

Interior Comfort and Amenities

  • Technical/rich beers holding plate chest freezer with one plate, power, and ac powered together with the chest type freezer
  • Technical/rich beers holding plate chest freezer with two plates, power and ac powered
  • Force 10 3 burner propane stove with oven
  • Solenoid propane shut-off valves for the two 10 lbs tanks
  • Propane fume detector
  • Propane vented locker for 2 10 lb tanks
  • Two 10 lb tanks
  • Samsung microwave
  • Nutri bullet blender
  • Two slice toaster
  • Magma rail-mounted propane canister-powered barbeque grill
  • French press coffee maker
  • Ecco tech 20 gph water maker powered by 110-volt ac
  • Splendid combination washer
  • Wabasso isotherm engine/ac powered 5.3-gallon water heater
  • Shurflo automatic water pump with failsafe pressure switch and seagull drinking water filter.
  • Ocean marine onboard climate master
  • First Aid Kit
  • Headroom: 77″ except in the cockpit which is 66.5″ under the hardtop and sleeping berths are 81″.

Electronics & Navigation

  • Autopilot by Raymarine ST7000+ autopilot with dashboard-mounted control head and electric drive ram.
  • Primary chart plotter by Garmin 942 with Ipad 13″ and Ipad slave at the helm
  • GPS by Furuno GP-39
  • Depth sounder by Garmin in chart plotter and Raymarine ST-60 
  • Speed and distance Raymarine ST 60
  • Primary VHF radio Standard Horizon matrix with AIS 
  • Secondary VHF radio Icom BC-210 rapid, handheld
  • Direction finder
  • Windward direction and speed indicator by Raymarine ST-60+ 
  • Pioneer Stereo with speakers
  • Deck lights on Spreaders of main and mizzen


  • Direct current system voltage: 12 v and 24 v House system by (4) Lifeline AGM 4D batteries
  • Alternating current power system voltage: 110-volt system throughout the boat 
  • Northern Lights 6 kW generator 
  • Samlex EVO-2224 pure sine wave inverter of 2.2 kW with remote panel,  
  • 24 volt 70 amp 4 stage smart charger (NEW 2020)
  • Engine Battery 12 volt sealed
  • Another bow thruster is powered by 12 volts sealed battery
  • The generator has a separate 12-volt starting battery.
  • Solar panels 2 @ 95-watt solar panels installed on cockpit hardtop with Kid solar controller
  • Newmar12 volt converter off 24 volts, and Pro-Sport marine battery charger for dedicated bowsprit thruster 12 v battery 
  • Marinco 30 amp 125 volt 50′ shore power cord
  • Ferris Link 2000x advanced battery monitor (new 2019)

Mechanical Equipment

  • Patay hand bilge pump in main bilge
  • Automatic 500 gph bilge pump 
  • 6000 gph emergency backup pump.
  • Pedestal steering, chain, and sprocket system with stainless wire transmission to heavy quadrant 6″ sheaves in bronze and cable conduit are used to route the cable. and excellent handling characteristics on all points of sail.
  • (6) type 2 and (4) type 5 life jackets as well as flares, horns, bell
  • (2) Kidde dry chemical type ABC
  • Emergency Tiller
  • Side power DC SE Series Bow Thruster
  • Engine room 4″ exhaust blower
  • Auto prop -19.2″ diameter
  • Spare Prop

Deck & Cockpit Equipment

  • CQR 75 lbs
  • 220′ 3/8″ BBB chain
  • 600′ 3/4″ nylon three-strand line
  • FX Fortress stored brokers down in the after locker with about 50′ of 5/16″ chain 
  • about 500′ 5/8″ nylon three-stand shoreline
  • Lofrans Condor 24-volt horizontal mounted Windlass  
  • (2) bronze anchor rollers
  • Full Fiberglass hardtop with 68.5″ headroom
  • Removable side curtains for rain or sun articulate in a bolt rope and zipper connection on the starboard, aft, and port perimeter of the hardtop including a roll-up aft sun curtain providing a dry cockpit for sailing or mooring in any weather conditions
  • (2) Awnings: forward of the main mast; and, between main and mizzen masts
  • Safety glass windscreen with opening center section complete with snap-in-place sunscreen
  • Port and starboard awning that zips onto the hard top perimeter and attaches to top lifelines as well as a roll-up awning on the aft of hardtop
  • Full seat and back cushions for port and starboard cockpit seats as well as a back cushion for the helm
  • Folding and a removable beautiful varnished teak table for cocktail or meal orientations
  • (5) cylindrical fenders, (1) round ball fenders, (1) flat-fender, and (9) large-diameter dock lines
  • Fold stern teak swim platform which may be operated with an emergency button on the transom
  • Swedish stainless steel full large bow and push pulpits articulating with lifelines
  • Swim ladder with attachments at starboard lifeline gate
  • 7 pairs of Swedish stainless lifeline stanchions 27.5′ high with 3/16″ bare stainless steel wire rope lifelines and gate midship on portlights and starboard.
  • Simpson davits model SD 100 with 100 KG safe working load.
  • Deck-level navigation lighting and tricolor, steaming, and anchor lights on the main mast.
  • Raw water washdown pump with hose bib in the anchor locker

Sails & Rigging

  • Harken MKIII Jib Reefing & Furling System unit 1.5
  • Furlex 61D twin groove jib furling and reefing system
  • Harken Big Boat Mainsheet Traveler System
  • Spinnaker pole mounted on the main mast
  • Main sail with full battens, 44 sq m, 484 sq ft, 
  • Mizzen sail with full battens, 16 sq M, 176 sq ft, 
  • Genoa 130% stored 69 Sq M, 759 sq fit, 
  • Roller-furled Yankee, 100% 51 sq M, 561 sq M, 
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker 1500 sq ft.
  • Both boom vangs and tackles are manual.
  • The headstand, top, and lower shrouds are 12 mm 1 x 19 stainless steel wire. 
  • Inner forestay, intermediate shroud bases, and double backstays (running( 10 mm 1×19 stainless steel wire. 
  • Turnbuckles are 3/4″ bronze. 
  • Running backstays are 12 mm Sectra line. 
  • Rigging replaces in 2006 except for the 4 lower primary shrouds which were replaced in 2016. 
  • All halyards and sheets were replaced in 2016. 
  • Spreader lights were updated to LED in 2015. 
  • Mizzen rigging is forward upper shrouds are 5/16″ 1 x 19 stainless steel wire, and the turnbuckles are 5/8″ bronze. 
  • Both masts have flag halyards.
  • Mainsail from Doyle Sails, 3 reefs, full battens, dacron cross cut (2006)
  • Yankee cut jib from Banks Sails with adjustment lines and tell tails (2012)
  • Staysail from Banks Sails (2012)
  • The spinnaker is about 30 years old and has never been used.
  • Mizzen sail from Doyle Sails, 1 reef, full battens (2006)
  • Genoa in good condition – Not used much in 25 years.

Additional Units

  • 2005 Caribe C-12

Boat History & Owner’s Comment 

 The original proprietor, we’ve learned, was a Delaware, USA pot that used the boat for two seasons in the Baltic, from May of 1984 through the end of 1985. It was packed overland to the area of the Black Sea. It was in no way commissioned there but was ultimately packed to the USA Navy yard where it was stored eventually. ultimately it was sold to a governmental functionary, a director within the Central Intelligence Agency we were told.  She was bought from him by the possessors before us (from then called PO) who had her adjustment at Bennett Sisters Yachts in Wilmington North Carolina in 1996- 7 with a new sundeck, apparel, and electronics. Usually, We met her in Grenada where we befriended the PO and family. PO’s woman, we learned, had grown up just down the road from our home in Waterford, Michigan. 

Caribbean Islands

S/V Coram Deo has been a solid and comfortable home in the islands of the Caribbean for us for over 21 times. We’ve worked online on the boat from the Virgin islets down thru all the lower Antilles to Venezuela using “Coram Deo” as our base of operations. In the meantime, we enjoyed living on the ocean and in these beautiful islets with a strong, reliable boat that has made a comfortable living and traveling a pure joy. So far, anyone who longs to get down from the chaos of this world and live at their own pace. Whether continuing to do work via the internet or just enjoying the prodigies of the Caribbean without the hassle of lightweight and fluently broken product boats. Lastly, for All the hassles that come with that, we suggest that HR is a great choice. 

1984 HallBerg Rassy 49 Ketch 


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